Monday, February 16, 2009

Vidarbha Dying Cotton Farmers Ignored in Interim Budget -VJAS

Vidarbha Dying Cotton Farmers Ignored in Interim Budget -VJAS

Nagpur-dated 16th feb.,2009

All toll claims and economic reforms on paper ,interim budget presented by UPA Govt. today failed address agrarian crisis facing by more than 1 billionfarm families in farm suicide effected region of India ,Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) alleged today .

VJAS president kishore tiwari while reacting to interim budget presented by Pranab Mukharji acting finance minister as vote of account which reflect future agrarian policy of national Govt. ,has termed the budget as hoax when Govt. talks about 300% growth the farm credit in last 7 year but failed to mention the growth after Rs.71,000 crore loan waiver ,it also failed to give projected target and fund allocation for crop loan for year 2009-2010 . ‘it is unfortunate that state failed to give fresh farm credit even after the loan waiver and debt trapped farmers in distressed area were forced to take huge crop loan from private money lenders that resulted in more farm suicides after loan waiver due crop failure this year. this year too draught has been reported in central and south India but interim budget has not provided any fund for tackling agrarian and rural problems in that area ’ tiwari added.

There is nothing for vidarbha cotton and soya growers as they were expecting special incentive for export and increase in import duty tariff to avoid further recession in cotton and soybean . even central Govt .has extended prime minister relief package for 31 suicide prone district but there is no fund allocation for the same ‘is it single that Govt. is winding up the package’ tiwari asked.

The complete failure of NREGA nad NRHM in distress area ahs not even discussed in interim budget more over there are toll claims of it’s success .one hand Govt. has talked about food security but they have failed to give any scheme for food crop promotion. Interim budget failed to increase the quantity for BPL families to be covered in anttodaya scheme which was promised earlier .

farmers and poor both have been ignored in the interim budget giving the hint that they are likely to be ignored in future too., tiwari said.



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